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After Zendaya Coleman resigned from the Aaliyah project last month, fans of the upcoming biopic wondered who would portray their beloved angel. Well, it was confirmed on Friday morning that Alexandra Shipp is set to take Zendaya’s place.

The decision left everyone asking the same question: Who is Alexandra Shipp? Here are 10 things you should know about the new star of Aaliyah: Princess of R&B:

1. Her birthday is July 16. She nabbed the ‘Aaliyah’ role just days before her 23rd birthday.

2. She’s had guest roles on shows like Awkward, Switched At Birth, House Of Anubis and Victorious.

3. Her first feature film role was playing Valentina in Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel at just 16 years old.

4. She’s also known in the YouTube world for her epic song covers.

5. She’s starring in the upcoming film Drumline 2.

6. She’s very active on social media with over 24,000 Twitter followers.

7. She loves her dogs.

8. She mapped out exactly what she wanted to be as an adult by the 3rd grade.

9. She has an amazing sense of humor.

10. Her entire family’s hot.

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is set to continue filming this summer and premiere this fall on Lifetime.

PHOTO CREDIT: Youtube, Instagram, Twitter

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